As the world reconnects, Singapore has announced that it will open up its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) for India from November 29, and there will be no need for quarantine for vaccinated passengers.

Travellers from both sides have been demanding the resumption of flights for a very long time. 

With this Singapore government’s decision to extend the Vaccinated Travel Lane Programme to India, Singapore Airlines is ready to resume its flights to India.

Therefore, tt is understood that from the 29th of November 2021, scheduled commercial services will commence between the two countries, with two daily flights each from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

According to ANI, Singapore was very keen to restart operations to India and talks for resumption of commercial flights between Singapore and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs have progressed in the right direction.

Notably, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was recently in Singapore for three days and held talks with top leadership and the resumption of connectivity also came up during his talks.

On Wednesday 17th November, Jaishankar met the Singapore transport minister and discussed enhancing travel arrangements between the two countries.

What does this mean for Kiwi Indians?

In the post pandemic world, flight connections on the India - New Zealand sector had been severely impacted.

The most popular routes serving the Indian Diaspora in New Zealand, via Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, were totally disrupted.

While the middle eastern carriers, Qatar and Emirates, continued their operations, the timings and flght schedules were far from satisfactory.

With this most recent news of Singapore Airlines recommencing flights with India, it is expected that Kiwi Indians will again be able to travel to India using the much favoured Auckland - Singapore - India route.

It is pertinent to mention that the Singapore Auckland flights are already operating and the missing link was the Singapore India connection, which is expected to be restablished from the 29th November.

This will be welcome relief to most Kiwi Indians, who are also hoping that the New Zealand Government will remove India form the "high risk list", and spare the fully vaccination travellers from the vagaries of MIQ, by allowing home isolation.